The importance of media training…

I came across this old video on the South African PR blog Practical Relations, it’s an interview with an Australian politician in the wake of shipping disaster. I suspect it’s not real but probably from a comedy show, but either way it’s pretty amusing and a great piece of video for your next media training course!

Can anyone in Australia validate if this is real or comedy?

Update:

As suspected it’s a comedy sketch… more details and background in the comments! You can ignore Mr. Young

7 thoughts on “The importance of media training…

  1. Thats a fake one. Whats really interesting/scary is that this has been edited and forwarded around the world as true so if it happened to a PR’s charge they’d have some job sorting it out. In this case the memory of the real Senator Bob Collins had more pressing reputation issues. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Collins_(Australian_politician)#Child_sex_allegations

    Here’s the spec on the video:

    The following is from http://www.hoax-slayer.com/front-fell-off.shtml

    The video does not depict the real Senator Collins or any other actual government spokesperson. Instead it is one episode of a long running humour segment delivered by Australian comedians John Clarke and Bryan Dawe. The “Front Fell Off” episode first aired back in 1991. For a number of years, the duo has delivered their bitingly satirical take on Australian politics and society first on radio and later in regular TV segments. They currently appear on ABC current affairs program, The 7.30 Report. Clarke has played a variety of “newsworthy” Australians including prime ministers and other politicians and prominent business leaders while Dawe plays his hapless interviewer. Information on Clarke’s website explains the pair’s approach:

    In the interviews, John makes no attempt to look or sound like the person he is pretending to be, but deals with matters as he sees fit. Bryan persists with dignity and strives for understanding.

    Clarke and Dawe are well known in Australia, and, when the “interviews” are aired in their original context, most viewers would very quickly realise that they are only for entertainment and feature an actor just pretending to be the high-profile “interviewee” named in the episode.

    However, in this case, it appears that some unknown prankster has removed the segment from its original setting and tacked on title and ending captions that imply that it shows a genuine news interview with the real Senator Collins. Senator Bob Collins did serve as Federal Minister for Shipping between 1990 and 1992 but he never gave an interview even remotely resembling the one portrayed in the comedy piece. Collins died in September 2007. Moreover, the oil spill incident lampooned in the Clarke & Dawe segment occurred in 1991 not 2007 as suggested in the email.

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